O-D Bowl: National Practice Report

PASADENA, Texas -- Scout.com breaks down the AM and PM practices sessions and standout performances for the National Team at the Offense-Defense Bowl...

National (Blue) AM Practice Report
By: Greg Powers

Rashard Robinson, a defensive back from Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely High who is committed to LSU is a lengthy prospect with good height. He is not real thick yet, but that will come with age. He is quick in and out of his breaks and his long arms and ball skills allow him to stick in the hip pocket of wide receivers. Has the swagger of a successful lock down type.

Andrew Billings, a mammoth defensive tackle prospect from Waco (Texas) High was load in the middle. The team did not do any one-on-ones in the morning practices, but Billings showed the strength that made him a top level recruit. He took on one double team and completely bulled over both offensive linemen.

R.J. Prince is a mammoth of a prospect. He is every bit of his listed 6'6, 285 and maybe more. He has a thick, powerful trunk. He is getting used to a step up in competition after dominating at Albemare (N.C.) High, a 1A program. He moves very well and is just an all-around powerhouse with the type of size and frame and raw athleticism to develop in to a real three-star steal for North Carolina.

Oklahoma State is known to produce a play maker or two and Wylie (Texas) East star Marcell Ateman may now be the next in line for the Cowboys. Coming off a senior season where he caught 26 touchdown passes he enters the all-american contest on top of his game. He has size, and the ability to climb the ladder to make plays over defenders. He is not afraid to cross the middle.

National (Blue) PM Practice Report
By: Ahmard Vital

From the state of Colorado, the biggest player on the team was Dan Skipper, who is currently committed to Tennessee. At times he was impressive and had quick feet in his drop steps when working pass pro. But at the right tackle position, it was evident (and validated by him in a later interview) that playing on the left is much more natural. Once the practice turned up the heat a little and allowed more contact, Skipper was too aggressive, to the point where he took himself out of position to make the blocks. Smaller guys were maneuvering around him as his aggressive style was not controlled. When he settled down and made contact and then got his push, he was much more successful at the point of attack.

Dominic Walker was the top playmaker on the day. Whether it was in drills or when they broke out in team play, he was making the catches. One-handed, in traffic or in the open field, he made the play. Even with the slippery conditions, he ran good routes and showed his soft hands throughout the day.

Out of the state of Florida, uncommitted quarterback Tyler Cogswell is a big player with a strong arm. On the quick throws, he had a smooth release and threw with a lot of velocity.

From the Dallas Metroplex, a late wide receiver addition that was a good one was Oklahoma State commitment Marcell Ateman. This is one smooth receiver who always seems to come down with the ball. He creates separation on the deep ball and to be able to do this on a muddy field is more than notable.

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